Philosophy Department

The Department of Philosophy is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy.

The Department counts 21 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties, who are active scholars committed to undergraduate education. They share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in the history of philosophy and also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.

Department and Student Events

2020 Dewey J. Hoitenga Philosophy Essay Contest

April 10, 2020 12:00 PM

  The Department of Philosophy invites you to submit your entry to the 2020 Dewey J. Hoitenga Philosophy Essay Contest. The winning paper will receive both recognition and a prize. Papers on...

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Philosophy Department News

Announcing New Practical Ethics Minor

March 23, 2020

Students can add a complementary credential to any GV program they are majoring in.

Ethics Bowl Team Competes in Nationals

February 25, 2020

The Ethics Bowl team competed in the National Ethic's Bowl Competition at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend.

GVSU Philosophy Student Accepted to Johns Hopkins

February 11, 2020

Ms. Jennifer Spiller accepted and getting ready to graduate from Johns Hopkins.

GVSU Philosophy Professor Receives Prestigious Award

February 10, 2020

Dr.Peimin Ni, GVSU Philosophy Professor Sited in Modern Language Association for Achievement.

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Featured Alumni

Alumnus Emily McKenna

February 12, 2020

Artist, Faculty Member and Program Coordinator of Art Center

Alumnus Jessica Lefort

February 12, 2020

Alumnus Joins Legal Practice Program

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Other Student and Faculty Events

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Call for Papers: Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Sellars' Practical Philosophy

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April 20, 2020

. . . the fundamental principles of a community, which define what is ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘done’ or ‘not done’ are the most general common intentions of that community with respect to the behavior of members of the group.

Wilfrid Sellars, Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man

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